Fatality Reports

MSHA investigates each mining fatality and prepares the following documents to alert the mining community and prevent similar occurrences.
• Fatality Alert - describes the accident and lists best practices that may have prevented it
• Preliminary Report - initial report with brief description
• Final Report - investigative findings, including root causes and enforcement actions

Some deaths on mining property are determined to be unrelated to mining activity and are not included in MSHA’s fatality statistics - See recent “non-chargeable” fatalities:

  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Republic Energy, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Massey Energy Company
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Portable Crusher, Washington
    Mine Controller: Mark Cochran
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Stone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Rex Strip #1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Joseph T Bennett
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Hollingsworth Sand & Gravel LLC, Texas
    Mine Controller: Kelly Hollingsworth
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: River View Mine, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Simpson, Georgia
    Mine Controller: Oil Dri Corporation Of America
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Fullers Earth
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Plant #80013, Kansas
    Mine Controller: Summit Materials LLC
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Kingston No 1, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Electrical
    Location: Snyder, Oklahoma
    Mine Controller: Martin Marietta Materials Inc
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Granite
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Wheeler Rock Quarry, Kansas
    Mine Controller: Ralph H Wheeler
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Dimension Stone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Kansas Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: National Coal of Alabama
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Freelandville Underground, Indiana
    Mine Controller: James River Coal Company
    Mine Type: Surface of Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Drowning
    Location: Southwestern State Sand, Oklahoma
    Mine Controller: Evans & Associates Enterprises
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Construction Sand and Gravel
  • Accident Classification: Falling, Rolling, or Sliding Rock or Material of Any Kind
    Location: Meikle Mine, Nevada
    Mine Controller: Barrick Gold Corp
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Loveridge #22, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Consolidation Coal Company
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Willow Lake Portal, Illinois
    Mine Controller: Peabody Midwest Operations LLC
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Pocahontas Mine , West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Massey Energy Company
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: No. 68, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: James River Coal Company
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Ray, Arizona
    Mine Controller: Grupo Mexico S A
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Copper Ore NEC
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Galena, Idaho
    Mine Controller: U S Silver & Gold
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Silver Ore
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Clover Fork No 1, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Arch Coal Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Slip or Fall of Person
    Location: OTTAWA PIT & PLANT, Minnesota
    Mine Controller: S C R-Sibelco Nv
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Sandstone
  • Accident Classification: Ignition or Explosion of Gas or Dust
    Location: Choctaw Mine, Alabama
    Mine Controller: Walters Minerals, Inc.
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Explosives and Breaking Agents
    Location: Discovery Day Mine, California
    Mine Controller: Trinity Alps Resources Inc.
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Gold Ore
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Face, Rib, Side or Highwall
    Location: Pandora Complex, Utah
    Mine Controller: International Uranium Corp
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Uranium Ore
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: U.S. Lime Company-St. Clair, Oklahoma
    Mine Controller: United States Lime & Minerals Inc
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Lime
  • Accident Classification: Exploding Vessels Under Pressure
    Location: Knoxville Cement Plant Cemex Inc, Tennessee
    Mine Controller: Cemex S A
    Mine Type: Facility
    Mined Material: Cement
  • Accident Classification: Machinery
    Location: Brierfield Quarry, Alabama
    Mine Controller: Lhoist Group
    Mine Type: Surface
    Mined Material: Crushed, Broken Limestone NEC
  • Accident Classification: Powered Haulage
    Location: Ruby Energy, West Virginia
    Mine Controller: Massey Energy Company
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)
  • Accident Classification: Fall of Roof or Back
    Location: Dotiki Mine, Kentucky
    Mine Controller: Alliance Resource Partners LP
    Mine Type: Underground
    Mined Material: Coal (Bituminous)

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